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Details for «Public Hearings»

Public Hearings aim to gather information and feedback on a specific topic. They may be: Focused on concrete policy proposals or be exploratory in nature; Directed at experts or a broader public; Presided over by a panel appointed by government, an elected body or nominated by stakeholders; Based on presentations by stakeholders and discussion moderated by the panel.
The strengths are considered to be the potential to inform and listen to citizens, for improved decision making and to minimize conflict.
However, public hearings may be dominated by special interest groups. The feed-back obtained from this format needs to be treated carefully because it may not be representative of the community. Public hearings do not generate a sense of ownership. They also exclude the inarticulate and other disadvantaged groups.

Attribute Value
Phase of decision makingPhase not specified
Number of Stakeholders Involved>100
Participation LevelListen
Frequency of meetingsOne time event (many iterations)
Level of decision-makingLevel not specified
Combination of StakeholdersScientific experts
Elected representatives
Public
Implementer of the toolRelevant Authority(ies)
Government
The tool supports the following objectivesTrust and understanding
Equality of access
Legitimacy
Transparency
Quality of decision-making
Feeds into a legitimate process
Issue definition

References

OECD. (2001). Citizens as Partners: Information, Consultation and Public Participation in Policy-making.
Abelson, J. e. (2001). Deliberations about Deliberation: Issues in the Design and Evaluation of Public Consultation Processes. Hamilton: McMasters Universtity.

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